Reynold Weekes have advanced to the quarterfinal stage of the Guardian Group Herman Griffith Primary School Cricket Competition for the second consecutive year after defeating St Judes by 112 runs.
Playing at Briar Hall, and after being sent into bat first, the boys from Four Roads St Philip were restricted to 155 in 24.4 overs.
The tournament’s top scorer Micah Greenidge was looking for his third century after he scored 113 and then an unbeaten 101 against St Mark’s Primary to help his team finish runners-up in Zone C1.
11-year old Greenidge who is also the skipper opened the batting and looked in good touch as he played some nice cover drives and pull shots to the boundary in his knock of 18.
Both Greenidge and his partner R’jai Gittens looked extremely comfortable at the crease grabbing singles in between and respecting Terrel Johnson who took 3 wickets for 25 runs.
The left-handed Greenidge became so relaxed that it cost him his wicket when he went for a flick shot but was caught at square leg with the score 80-1 after nine overs.
Greenidge’s wicket meant that it was time for Joshua Brathwaite to walk to the middle where he got off the mark nicely.
With their main danger man gone, the Reynold Weekes batting order started to stumble a little, Gittens was the next to go after he was cleaned bowled while swinging across the line.
The following over Brathwaite had no choice but to make the long dreadful walk back into the pavilion to reflect on a lazy swipe much to the amusement of the right-arm spinner Shavari Greenidge who had figures of 2-28 runs with Damani Roach also taking two wickets for the same number of runs.
After the drinks break, the score was 102-3 after 13 overs. Two overs later and St Judes would grab another wicket, this time it was Jakeem Pollard.
Reynold Weekes’ top-scorer Nykobie Connell steadied the boat adding his 20 runs to the total.
Connell proved that he was the man to turn to when in need, playing a number of pull shots and moving the score along.
Credit must be given to the St Judes bowlers for consistently dismissing Reynold Weekes batsmen by bowling them.
Despite his impressive shots, Connell was the next to fall victim like the rest of his teammates with his middle stump left rattled by pacer Terrel Johnson-Rouse.
Rashad Gibson was the only other batsman from Reynold Weekes to add to the score as tailenders Remere Padmore, Kevon Wickham and Kierry Williams all had ducks.
Having bowled out Reynold Weekes for one of their smallest totals of the competition, St Judes were feeling very optimistic chasing 156 for victory on a wicket that favoured the batting.
But St Judes had the wind knocked out their sails on the very first delivery of their innings. Connell traded the bat for the ball and repaid the favour clean bowling Adoniah White.
St Judes, who were the winners of Zone B1, brought Roach to the crease and on his first ball dispatched Connell to the ropes.
It was clear that Reynold Weekes wanted to get back to school before the bell rang at 3 o’clock and with that in mind, Connell removed Jayden Alleyne with only five runs on the board and three overs bowled.
It went from to bad to worse for St Judes who at this point was staring elimination in the face with their batting line-up collapsing.
Only nine runs were scored between the departure of Alleyne who was followed by Roach. Shamari Greenidge approached the wicket with the score 14-3 and like his teammates, he too failed to deliver and he was caught at mid-off thanks to excellent bowling from Pollard.
St Judes would only score 29 more runs for their entire innings as Connell, Greenidge, Gittens and Pollard all took two wickets to help their team into the last eight.
In other games today, Milton Lynch beat St Albans by two wickets at North Stars and St Giles defeated Ignatius Byer by 10 wickets at Desmond Haynes Oval. Grantley Prescod also won by 20 runs over Sharon Primary.
Tomorrow, St Lukes/Brighton play Bayley’s at Dover; Selah play St Christopher at Friendship; Charles F Broome take on Eden Lodge at Briar Hall and A DaCosta Edwards battle West Terrace at Passage Road.
The quarterfinals commence on Friday.